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A Mother’s Apothecary


A Mother's Apothecary

I wanted to share with you what I created about a month after my Mom passed this year. This piece just came to me one day and I feel like she inspired it. I was tearing up making it, part of my grieving process. This is an altered cigar box that I had for years but never knew what I wanted to do with it. I knew it was a special box and I didn’t want to mess it up. The thing I liked about this box was the sliding cover to close an open this piece. This has become a treasured piece in my home that I just can’t part with. It’s in my studio on a shelf and I know that I can look at it and grab whatever I need for that day.

Mom and my youngest Lily Bean a few months before our world changed. I get my creativity from her. <3

Mom and my youngest Lily Bean a few months before our world changed. I get my creativity from her. ❤

I knew even though my mom is gone she is still with me in spirit, heart, how I raise my own daughters and I know she would want me to have all of these special things in my life. A mother’s love is never truly gone even when she is. She will always be a part of me and I will see her again one day in Heaven. This is my little medicine cabinet. These special things are: Love, Joy, Faith, Wisdom, Courage and a dash of Luck. This piece has a lot of heart and soul.

I altered this piece to look very vintage, I put the date 1908 just because. I’ve included bits of paper, canvas, paint, buttons, stickers, bottles, jewelry, micro beads, pearls as well as a broken piece from a pair of vintage reading glasses to see things closer. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. Feel free to ask or comment on it.

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Sign up for my new workshop!

Sign up for my new workshop!


What is the Graceful Artist?? It’s a new online classroom that will be combing faith and creativity. I am honored to be one of the teachers. Here’s a description of the class that I’m doing:

Almond Blossoms

Van Gogh inspired trees that explore texture, color and 3D elements.
Explore a little art history about Van Gogh’s life and work as well as some Biblical symbolism of the almond tree with Aimée Wheaton. Van Gogh is an inspiration to many and in this class you will learn about his life and personal story and the way the almond tree fits into it. Seeing Van Gogh’s Almond Blossoms painting in Holland inspired Aimée to create this class. Join her in different mixed media techniques, some she created and some learned. If you like texture with some 3D elements mixed with art history then don’t miss this class.


Its time to join!  The exciting time when The Graceful Artist is opening its doors for registration has finally arrived.  On Sunday, September 1, registration will begin.  The exciting part about registering on Sunday or Monday (September 1st or 2nd) is that we are going to have a drawing.
OH PRIZES!!  And not one drawing, but two!  The prizes will be a set of 12 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils in a handy tin and a Moleskine hardback watercolor journal.

Signing up for The Graceful Artist site will give you one entry in the drawing.   You will get a second entry by following us here on the blog and even a third entry by following us on Facebook.  And a fourth entry by following us on Twitter.  If you are already following us on Facebook, send me a message and I will make note of that.  The drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 3.

The Graceful Artist workshops open February 1, 2014.  The instructors are working to create the very best workshops just for you.  They are so excited as they prepare for and anticipate your arrival in their virtual classrooms.

When you register (sign up) on site, you will be added to the newsletter.  Then you will get all the latest news and always know how plans are developing.

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